When it comes to perfume, you really get what you pay for, so we recommend splurging on a high-quality fragrance that won’t wear off quickly – here are the 10 best Van Cleef & Arpels perfumes that you’re sure to love.
Van Cleef & Arpels is a French jewelry company founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef, a Dutch diamond cutter, and Salomon Arpels, his father-in-law. The brand uses high-quality ingredients and materials to create everything it offers to customers all over the globe, and is most famous for its Alhambra line of fine jewelry.
While Van Cleef & Arpels started as a high-end jewelry company, it expanded into the world of fragrances after decades of success. And if you’re looking to add one to your collection, we’ve found the 10 best Van Cleef & Arpels perfumes that’ll get you hooked on luxurious scents.
The Best Van Cleef & Arpels Perfumes For Her
1. Orchidée Vanille Eau de Parfum
This floral gourmand fragrance was inspired by Asia and the Indian Ocean, along with the richness and sweetness of vanilla. In just one spritz of this perfume, you’ll notice hints of dark chocolate and bitter almond mixed with fruity mandarin orange notes, powdery orchid notes, and sweet vanilla notes.
Although it has many sweet notes, it’s not a heavy gourmand fragrance at all – the Orchidée Vanille Eau de Parfum mixes powdery florals perfectly with its sweet notes, creating a classy, warm scent that is beautiful and inviting. Because it’s a warmer fragrance, it’s best worn in the fall and winter.
2. First Eau de Parfum
The Van Cleef & Arpels First Eau de Parfum is an old-school combination of pure elegance and mature femininity. The floral-forward fragrance was first launched in 1976 and highlights the scents of black currant, aldehydes, jasmine, amber, honey and more.
While it can be worn all year round and all around the clock, it’s particularly wonderful in the fall and winter, and suits formal occasions best. Its top notes include aldehydes, black currant, mandarin orange, and bergamot, which are followed by floral middle notes of jasmine, lily of the valley, tuberose and Turkish rose, and base notes of vanilla, oakmoss, honey, amber, musk and more.
It’s ladylike and sophisticated, and many perfume enthusiasts have been hooked on First Eau de Parfum for over thirty years!
3. Néroli Amara Eau de Parfum
This fresh, green, floral fragrance was introduced in 2018 and exudes freshness, beauty, and luxury. Néroli Amara Eau de Parfum was inspired by the sunny Mediterranean and the citrus fruits grown in the region, like mandarin orange, bergamot, and Italian lemon.
Along with those three citrus fruits, pink pepper is also one of the fragrance’s top notes. It has middle notes of cypress, pear, black pepper and orange blossom and base notes of white musk and, of course, neroli. Since it transports you to a warm destination with its zesty notes, it’s best for wear during the day in the spring and summer.
4. Bois Doré Eau de Parfum
Bois Doré Eau de Parfum is a woody amber fragrance that’s perfect for the fall and winter, though it can be worn during the day and at night. This perfume is Van Cleef & Arpels’ take on golden, luminous wood that warms your skin. It’s sensual, mysterious, and addictive with its woodsy vanilla notes, and it deserves a top spot on your vanity table.
The fragrance has top notes of minerals and black pepper, middle notes of vanilla, almond, cedar, and tobacco, and base notes of musk, teak wood, and tonka bean. Because it’s a complex, yet comforting scent that exudes sophistication, it’s ideal for ladies with a chic wardrobe filled with tailored pants and blazers.
5. California Réverie Eau de Parfum
This Van Cleef & Arpels creation was launched in 2014 and is one of the brand’s most popular floral fragrances. The California Réverie Eau de Parfum. has top notes of mandarin orange and neroli, middle notes of frangipani and jasmine sambac, and base notes of vanilla and beeswax, all inspire by the palm trees, warm climate, and lush green scenery in the sunshine state.
Since it’s a light and fresh floral scent, it’s best for wear in the summer. It’s also more of a day fragrance than one you’d wear at night.
6. Santal Blanc Eau de Parfum
If you love the smell of musk and sandalwood, you need to immediately add the Santal Blanc Eau de Parfum to your online shopping cart. It has prominent notes of sweet fid nectar and powdery violet, that perfectly balance its main woody and musky accords.
At its base, you’ll also find notes of benzoin and tonka bean, which add to the unisex scent experience. This particular fragrance was inspired by minimalism, softness, and purity, and thanks to its classic, timeless notes, it can be worn year-round.
7. Ambre Impérial Eau de Parfum
If you’re looking for a warm, spicy fragrance to wear in the fall and winter, or if you’ve got an upcoming vacation booked to a destination that’s going to be chilly or covered in snow, look no further.
The Ambre Imperial Eau de Parfum is from the Collection Extraordinaire and has spicy top notes of pink pepper and bergamot, middle notes of vanilla, amber, tonka bean, and benzoin, and base notes of wood, which create the perfect unisex amber blend.
Even if you’re freezing cold, a few sprays of this fragrance will make you feel as if you are cozied up beside a wood-burning fireplace. It’s slightly more of a night perfume than a day perfume, but it can really be worn 24/7.
8. Bois D’Amande Eau de Parfum
Van Cleef & Arpels certainly understand how to create great, sensual vanilla fragrances that can be worn in the fall and winter. The brand’s Bois D’Amande Eau de Parfum is one of its more recent launches and was introduced to customers in 2020.
Its main accords are powdery vanilla and sweet almonds, which are deepened by woody notes from the Virginian Cedar tree and musk. The luxurious unisex perfume is perfect for women who don’t have an overly feminine wardrobe, as it’s sophisticated and sultry instead of flirty and romantic.
9. Moonlight Patchouli Eau de Parfum
Patchouli is a distinct smell, but if you love it, you probably really love it. This fragrance was introduced in 2016 and has since been a popular perfume among those who love woody, leather scents that are unisex leaning.
The Moonlight Patchouli Eau de Parfum from the Collection Extraordinaire has prominent notes of patchouli, Bulgarian rose and suede, which are complemented by additional notes of powdery iris, masculine leather, decadent cacao and woody accords.
It’s a beautiful, mysterious blend that’s ideal for date nights in the fall and winter.
10. Bois D’Iris Eau de Parfum
This high-quality woodsy amber fragrance was released in 2009 and is another Van Cleef & Arpels perfume meant for use during the fall and winter.
As you could expect from its name, the perfume plays with prominent woody and iris notes, and has a hint of gourmand, spice and salt. You’ll catch a whiff of vanilla and sweet sugar, which are made more unisex with notes of incense, driftwood, warm myrrh, vetiver and ambergris.
Bois D’Iris is a superb option for ladies hoping to share fragrances with their significant others, as it’s neither manly nor feminine. It’s a neutral scent that will have everyone saying, “you smell so good!”